Here something that has been proposed here in CO. The CO Division of Wildlife which is not funded by the state general fund but rather by fees from sportsmen, is trying to be merged with CO State Parks so the DOW can be used to fund spending gaps at Colorado State Parks. Please read the article below:
My intent is not to get others fired up. If this has the potential to fire you up please ignore.
Hickenlooper proposes merging parks, wildlife into a single division
By Lynn Bartels The Denver Post
Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that he is combining state parks and the Division of Wildlife into a single division, a move expected to save the state money because of the overlap between the two agencies.
Because of the consolidation, Hickenlooper's proposal to repurpose state parks because of a budget crisis is on hold for now.
Hickenlooper and Mike King, the director of the Department of Natural Resources, said no one will lose their jobs but positions will be eliminated as employees retire or resign. Because of baby boomers, there are steady retirements and initial estimate is the consolidation will mean about 25 fewer state jobs.
Wildlife employs about 650 people, and parks about 250 people, King said.
He said there is a "tremendous amount of overlap" between the missions of the Division of Wildlife and the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.
"They provide recreational opportunity. They protect our lands, our habitat, our hunting and fishing opportunities," he said. "It should have been done a long time ago."
Once the consolidation is complete, park users and fishers, for example, will be able to go to the same website to buy their licenses.
Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, and Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, are carrying the bill allowing for the consolidation. Both are chairs of the agricultural committees in their chambers.
Today's announcement is the latest cost-cutting measure by Hickenlooper, who took office in January. The state is trying to close a $1.1 billion budget shortfall for next year